This succulent is a hybrid of unknown parentage created by Helen McCabe, distributed as ISI 454, and recently named 'Ballerina' by Don Skinner with Mrs. McCabe's approval.
Echeveria 'Ballerina' is a showy succulent that forms large rosettes of ruffled, highly reddened leaves. The rosettes grow up to 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter in the ground but stay smaller when confined to a pot. The thick fleshy reddened leaves vary in color from green in summer to gray-green in winter. Long stalks with pink flowers appear in summer.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria 'Ballerina'
Light: E. 'Ballerina' prefers full sun to partial shade. If you are moving your plant outside in the spring, do it gradually. The intense afternoon sun can cause sunburn. During the winter, when your E. 'Ballerina' is inside, put it near the brightest window in your home. It will stretch if it does not have enough sunlight.
Soil: This succulent needs a potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial succulent potting mixes will work fine.
Temperature: This plant is a tender succulent, which means it must be brought indoors for the winter to survive. E. 'Ballerina' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: Provide moderate amounts of water from spring to fall. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering E. 'Ballerina'. If you have saucers under the pots, make sure after a short time to empty the water. Water your plant just enough to keep it from shriveling during the winter months.
Fertilizing: E. 'Ballerina' grows well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring or a liquid fertilizer diluted 2 to 4 times more than usual and used less often than recommended.
Repotting: Repot the plant only as needed during spring or early summer when it is actively growing. To repot your E. 'Ballerina', ensure the soil is dry before repotting.
Propagation: Like all Echeverias, this succulent is usually propagated from leaves or offsets. Spring is the best time to take leaf cuttings and separate offsets.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria 'Ballerina'
E. 'Ballerina' has no toxic effects reported. It is safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat it.
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